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Franken declared winner - for now

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Al Franken won the U.S. Senate race and should be sent to Washington, a Minnesota three-judge panel ruled Monday evening.

It still may be months before a new senator is seated, however. Norm Coleman plans to appeal the decision to the state Supreme Court. The loser at that level will then likely appeal to the U.S. courts.


The ruling follows a seven-week trial on a lawsuit Coleman brought after a statewide recount left him trailing Franken.

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